City reviewing permit for Peterbrooke Chocolatier at VyStar’s Downtown campus

The candy shop will relocate from the credit union’s tower back into 100 W. Bay St.

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The city is reviewing renovation plans for Peterbrooke Chocolatier at 100 W. Bay St., the seven-story building that VyStar Credit Union bought next to its 23-story tower.

Dana B. Kenyon Co. is the contractor for VyStar’s improvements, including the $255,294 build-out of 1,433 square feet on the first floor for the Jacksonville-based Peterbrooke Chocolatier candy shop.

RS&H Inc. is the architect.

Peterbrooke leased space in the West Bay Street building before VyStar bought it in February 2019 and began to gut it for renovations. The chocolate shop temporarily relocated into the VyStar Tower at 76 S. Laura St. 

In May 2019, Jacksonville-based VyStar applied to the city to start interior demolition of the 75,744-square-foot Bay Street building that it bought for $5 million from developer Eugene Profit. 

VyStar also plans to open The Bread & Board Provisions, a specialty marketplace, on the first floor. The Jacksonville Bread & Board restaurant intends to operate a 7,200-square-foot “farmers-market bazaar” with culinary offerings and local retailers. 

The restaurant will be about 5,000 square feet and the marketplace is 2,200 square feet.

The credit union bought the former SunTrust Tower and a parking garage in July 2018  for $59 million.

VyStar intends to relocate about 1,000 employees Downtown as it moves its headquarters operations from 4949 Blanding Blvd.